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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 May 2006, 19:30 GMT 20:30 UK
Leeds confirm mass player exodus
Iain Balshaw
Full-back Balshaw is one of those leaving
Leeds have confirmed that 13 players are to leave in the wake of the club's relegation from the Premiership.

Among those to tell the Tykes they are departing are internationals Gordon Ross, Iain Balshaw and Gordon Bulloch.

Chief executive Gary Hetherington: "We have tried hard to retain the players we wanted and it is disappointing to be losing some of them.

"But the intensity of competition from so many Premiership clubs made our task an impossible one."

Hetherington added: "We now know what we have and at the end of the day we only want players who want to be here.

It is important to establish some certainty to our playing squad position
Tykes chief executive Gary Etherington

"We are about to enter an entirely new era for Leeds Tykes and it is one that is focused on building something special and long lasting."

Hetherington confirmed that Leeds will have a 25-man full-time first team squad next season in addition to a number of the talented academy players who will work alongside the senior squad.

He also confirmed that the club has already confirmed deals with a number of players and intends to announce a new director of rugby in the near future.

Players leaving Leeds Tykes: Iain Balshaw, Chris Bell, Gordon Bulloch, Danny Care, Andy Craig, David Doherty, Dan Hyde, Mark McMillan, Tom Palmer, Richard Parks, Roland Reid, Gordon Ross and David Rees.

Players remaining at club: Tom Biggs, Lee Blackett, Michael Cusack, Roland De Marigny, Jon Dunbar, Stuart Hooper, James Isaacson, Chris Jones, Scott Morgan, Chris Murphy, Rob Rawlinson, Nathan Thomas and Rob Vickerman.

Tykes relegated from Premiership
16 Apr 06 |  English


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